‘King of the Roadies’ turning 90 ~ KSAT

 —  May 18, 2015 — 3 Comments


SAN ANTONIO – As he reflected on his life on the road, Ben Dorcy said, “I love the road … the road is my life.”

Dorcy, who will turn 90 Monday, still travels often with country music legend Willie Nelson. In addition to Nelson, Dorcy has worked for other entertainment legends including the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.

“I’ve worked with some pretty nice people,” Dorcy said.

Nelson considers Dorcy more than just a roadie.

“He’s family,” Nelson said. “A good, hard-working man.”

That’s a sentiment shared by Nelson’s youngest daughter, Amy Nelson.

“Ben is the oldest of our tribe,” she said. “We respect him and want to preserve his legacy.”

To that end, Amy Nelson and her cousin, Trevor Nelson, are producing a documentary on Dorcy’s life called “King of the Roadies.”

“The man is a legend among legends yet most people have no idea who he is,” Amy Nelson said.

Dorcy is not totally comfortable with the term “legend.”

“I’m simply a roadie .. somebody who takes care of the equipment and makes sure the show goes on,” Dorcy said.

He said that he’s finally ready to slow down.

“I’ve had a good life and I love the road,” Dorcy said. “I guess it’s as they say, the road is my life.”

3 responses to ‘King of the Roadies’ turning 90 ~ KSAT

  1. seeing Willie has always been on my moms bucket list. She is 82 and finally looking forward to seeing him this week. We are driving 3 hours to get her to the show in Kalamazoo but I am sure it will be worth every moment.She was hoping he would autograph something for her(the family jokes about him signing a womans boobs once ands she wouldn’t care.)

  2. cool. Hope to make it to your restaurant sometime, heard about it in Spokane. Peace, Eric

  3. Tell me the date, so hard to get ahold of u. Cant find your phone number or email .Keep say the message Fail to be sent. some one is blocking me,

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